Owned by: A&A Marketing Inc
Joining fee: Free
Minimum payout: $50
Overall Ranking: Not recommended
Quick InboxPays overview
InboxPays says you can make “lots of cash on a single click”, but in reality you don't get paid. But worse than that, if you're not extremely careful, you could end up losing money.
You know as well as I do that when it comes to trying to find legitimate ways to make money online you're going to come across all kinds of hype, exagerrated earning claims and scammy sites promising quick and easy ways to earn money.
And that's exactly why I write reviews like this one, to help you avoid the many scams out there and this InboxPays review is no different. I'll try my best to arm you with as much info as possible so you decide for yourself if you want to put your time and energy into this.
Let's get into things here!
What we'll cover in this InboxPays review:
- What is InboxPays
- Ways you can potentially make money with them
- How does InboxPays work
- Is InboxPays a scam
- Common InboxPays complaints
- And finally… is InboxPays legit or should you find something else?
What is InboxPays?
In a nutshell, InboxPays is a website that claims to offer you different ways of earning small rewards in return for completing actions like taking surveys, reading emails, playing games, referring your friends to the site and taking part in daily cash offers.
InboxPays is a completely free to join site but currently open to U.S. residents only.
When you sign up you'll be asked questions about where you live, what your spending habits are, whether you have children or not and so on.
When you are creating your account, try and be as honest as possible so that you don't waste time filling out surveys only to find out later you don't qualify for them.
While I understand they need some personal details so they can send you surveys you qualify for, I don't like to give all my information away to a third party company I barely know. I also have serious concerns about what they do with that information, but we'll get onto that a bit later.
One of the main ways you can get rewards, apart from surveys, is by taking part in what are called trial offers. In other words, you have to register for a product or service and give them your credit card details. This means if you don't remember to cancel before the trial period ends you could find yourself paying recurring fees.
5 ways you can potentially make a few extra dollars each month:
Okay, so let's take a quick run through the ways you could earn money through InboxPay:
1. Click on links in emails
Before you get excited at how easy this sounds, you'll be sent a maxmium of 3 emails a day and only earn $0.25 each. Also, clicks from mobile deviced won't count so make sure you're using a desktop or laptop.
Just another quick word of advice: if you are going to do this I highly recommend you create a secondary email specifically for this because as I'll go on to talk about in a secon, you are going to find yourself receiving hundreds, ir not thousands of spam emails.
2. Taking paid surveys
Similiar to survey sites like Opinion Outpost, SuperPayMe and Survey Club, you can earn rewards for taking part in surveys related to anything ranging from what telephone company you use to where you shop for groceries.
When I checked today there are only 6 surveys I'm eligible for right now and you ca get paid between $0.50 to $1.0. per survey – these might be good if you've got lots of spare time and don't expect to get rich any time soon…!
3. Spin the wheel game
Okay so this is a little strange, but I guess it's another potential way to earn a little extra money.
When you first sign up you'll get a couple of free spins and then you'll get extra spins once you've finished a survey or clicked on afew emails.in and get a chance to take home the jackpot.
4. Referring your friends
If I were going to pursue this site to make money online, I'd probably go down this route. You get a unique link you can use to get your friends and family to sign up and you earn 10% of whatever they cash out.
5. Save money with coupons
Okay you're not making money here but you might be able to save some I suppose, if you're into that kind of thing…
Let's just take a sec to address the elephant in the room here… this is not a get rich quick scheme by any means. When their slogan says “Make lots of cash on a single click!” what they really mean is make $0.25 by clicking an email.
However which way you look at this, I think it's fair to say we're not talking about life-changing abouts of money here.
How does InboxPays work exactly?
You get paid in $50 increments only and it's done via PayPal. This means you can actually get cash into your bank account and not waste time with silly Amazon or Walmart gift cards so that's definitely a plus.
When I say $50 increments, obviously the minimum withdrawal is $50. But say for example, your balance is $65, you'll get paid $50 and the remaining $15 will go towards your next payment.
If you've got a balance of $100 or $150 then you can just withdraw that amount as its a multiple of $50. Hope that makes sense 🙂
It's also important to note that there are stipulations to how you can reach the minimum required balance. You can find out more by reading their FAQs section but basically, you can only be paid out if you earned at least half of that through paid offers or the spin the wheel game.
Is InboxPays a scam?
Do I think it's worth your time? Definitely not.
Would I go as far as to say InboxPays is a scam? I'm honestly not sure…
This is a really hard question to answer because I don't want to jump to conclusions too quickly because I think there are some people out there who do get paid are happy members. But at the same time I think if you're not very careful, you could end up spending more money than you earn.
(To say nothing about the many hours you're going to need to spend completing mindless tasks for a few cents.)
But there's some very interesting language used in the legal terms on conditions found at the bottom of InboxPays.com and whilst most of us don't read the small print, I think in this case it's important that you do.
It's really quite concerning. Watch the video below and you'll see what I mean…
Click here to read the full InboxPays terms and conditions
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The biggest InboxPays complaint – not getting paid out!
While there are some positive InboxPays reviews online, every one I've seen come are written by people who are trying to earn that 10% commission for signing you up.
Instead, what I find are hundreds of complaints about InboxPays not paying out!
I'm talking about hundreds of people here who have spent only God knows how many hours clicking on links and answering multi-choice question surveys for cents at a time, only to finally reach the $50 mark and not get paid!
I can only imagine how infuriating this must be.
Here's a quote from the Better Business Bureau:
Since March 2015, the BBB of Houston & South Texas began receiving several complaints that exhibit the following pattern.
According to consumer disputes, it has been alleged that Inbox Pays is not providing payments for completing trial offers, reading e-mails and playing online games. The consumers are alleging they are not able to reach the company by phone or email to request their payments.
The consumers are also stating that their accounts are being blocked not allowing them to complete work and reach the $50 balance required to receive a payment. The company has failed to respond to disputes that have been sent by the BBB.
As the video above explained, if you check the small fine print within the InboxPay terms and conditions you'll see near the bottom a paragraph entitled ‘No Payment Guarantee' where they tell you they are not legally obligated to pay you a single cent.
Here it is:
For any reason at all, they don't even need to explain it to you – they can just simply decide not to pay you and there's nothing you can do about it.
And guess what?
Many times they don't. Here's just a sample of complaints from angry members claiming they never got paid for the time and effort they put in.
These complaints are from ComplaintsBoard.com:
This one's from the Better Business Bureau:
And here's a stark warning from Twitter (InboxPays' Twitter account hasn't been updated since 2012 by the way):
However angry these people are, remember that because of InboxPays disclaimer, they haven't got a legal leg to stand on.
I guess the lesson you and I can take from this is to always do your research before signing up for any pay per action or survey site.
Worse than not getting paid, you could end up actually losing money…
I know, just when you thought it couldn't get any worse. Just because InboxPays is free to join doesn't mean you can't lose money.
One of the biggest ways you apparantely make money through the site is by signing up for their “Daily Offers”. As I mentioned before, these are often free trials you sign up for and hand over your credit card details.
Most of the time you'll find you don't actually receive any credits until the free trial has expired and money has been taken out of your account.
I can't confirm, but I strongly suspect that this is the real way InboxPays makes their money; by recommending third party offers, getting you to sign up for it under the guise of earning a small reward, they get payed by the company for referring you and toss a few cents your way to keep you going.
I hope I'm wrong in this but if you've had any experience with this, please do share with us in the comments below.
What I like
- It's free to join
- If they pay, they pay via PayPal
- It's more than just a survey site
What I don't like
- Minimum $50 withdrawal (at $0.25 a pop this will take a looong time!)
- There's way too many people claiming they never get paid
- Legally they don't even have to pay you
- Your Email inbox gets flooded with spam
- You could end up losing $30 trying to make $2
Is InboxPays legit or should you find something else?
Ultimately this is a decision only you can make, but InboxPays is definitely not something I want to be involved with in any way.
Firstly because I think survey sites like these are a huge waste of your time. In all seriousness, you end up working for less than a dollar an hour and my time is worth more than that.
If taking surveys is your thing, and I can't change your mind then check out my Survey Club review. They're probably more reliable at paying out than InboxPay.
When you boil it all down though, my biggest problem with InboxPay is the sheer number of complaints coming from so many people who say they never got paid out. Not only that, but customer support were just rude and uninterested or just didn't bother responding at all.
A better alternative
If I were you I would forget all about these silly survey sites that pay you peanuts if you're lucky and seriously consider learning how to build a real business for yourself online where you can earn real money by building affiliate websites.
This is what I started to do over 3 years ago now and I've replaced my full-time income and quit my UK call centre job to live the life of my dreams in Thailand.
I'm not saying it's easy or automatic because you'll definitely have to follow the training and put the work in, but what I can tell you is: it's worth it.
The best part? It's 100% FREE to start, so what are you waiting for!
I hope this review of InboxPays has been insightful, of course if you have any questions below do feel free to ask in the comments below and I will always do my best to get back you as quickly as possible.
Also, if you've ever had any experience with InboxPays, positive or negative, I'd love to hear from you!
Simon Crowe is the founder and editor of The Make Money Online Blog on a mission to help as many people as possible kiss their bosses goodbye.
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8 thoughts on “What is InboxPays – A Scam Or Legit?”
I’ve been a member of Inboxpays.com for over 4 years. I mainly just read the emails and get the 2 cents for them. They have always paid me when my amount gets to $30.00 and they send me a check. I have never had any complaints. I know it’s not much but just for opening the occasional email (I don’t take the surveys) I don’t mind getting a check twice a year.
Hi Alex, thanks for sharing your experience with us. It’s good to know InboxPays actually pays sometimes. I agree with you, it’s easy money for something you do anyway and whilst it’s only 2 cents it can build up over the course of the year. All the best to you.
InboxPays is a total SCAM!!!
I jumped through all the hopes to meet all of their requirements so I could get the minimum payout of $50 to see if they would payout and of course, no payout. It’s been OVER 2 months now. Tried getting a hold of their support page and it just goes in circles. Seems the only way to contact them is via snail mail, and even that is iffy. I read on another review site that someone sent a letter and got it back from the post office marked “not at this address”
Hey thanks for telling us about your experience at InboxPays, I tend to agree with you that it is a scam.
With companies like these, I’m not surprised they’d only accept complaints in the form of a letter, most people just wouldn’t bother. I think as long as they’ve got your personal information which they can sell to other companies and make a profit, they’re happy. I don’t see anything good happening by joining InboxPays.
I’m sorry about the experience you’ve had but thanks for sharing.
Hey Simon, well that’s pretty unfortunate. You spend time taking a survey you might not even qualify for…that’s horrible and misleading. The only “okay” thing I’ve gathered from the review is that it’s free and they use paypal for payments instead of gift cards.
Oh, I completely agree with creating a secondary email because long ago I made the mistake of giving away my primary email that I no longer utilize simply because of the spam it now constantly receives.
Aside from the fact they sometimes don’t pay people apparently, I also just feel it’s a waste of time so I’ll be sure to give your recommendation WA a try since it looks pretty cool!
Thank you for the info!
As far as survey sites go, Opinion Outpost is one of the better ones but that’s not saying much. When you compare Opinion Outpost with sites like InboxPays and InboxDollars, Survey Club etc. they do pay slightly better and you can’t lose money through trial paid offers but I have to agree with you. It’s just not worth it.
How much is you time worth to you? $20 an hour? $10 an hour? $5 an hour or $1 an hour? Survey sites work out at about $1.00 to $1.50 an hour – just ridiculous and should break all kinds of labour laws.
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Speak to you soon,
thanks for sharing tips on how inbox pays works, what one has to do to make money and what to avoid.
I knew of an inbox dollars some time back but not sure if they are still around. Now you mention taking surveys for cash with inbox pays,I have tried surveys in the past and they just don’t pay, depending on where one lives geographically, surveys can be few and far between, I live in Europe, it can take weeks before a survey is available and even then one may not qualify for it.
Another no-no to me is clicking links on emails, it`s just not worth the time clicking links for $0.001, I tried it in the past but soon realized it did not even pay enough for the electricity bill.
Having said that, these are ways one can make some money when just getting started online and like you mentioned if one can refer many people then maybe there is money to be made.
Now $50 cash out when a survey pays just cents and clicking ads even less, to me this is a scam, it`s almost impossible to reach cash out unless one has about 1000 referrals who are active.Now aat the end of your post I see you did put a screenshot from BBB where people complained, my question to you is,is BBB to be trusted? just recently I saw a program on TV that suggested BBB is not to be trusted as they can be bought.
Very informative post Simon, thanks for sharing.
I think thousands of people who have tried survey sites like InboxPays would agree with you. The time you put into earnings a few cents at a time wouldn’t even cover the electric you were using to do it.
You’re right about the Better Business Bureau. If you don’t pay them, you can’t defend against the complaints. If you do pay them, people are allowed to post positive reviews. This is why I never take any notice of the BBB grading system and just look at what people are saying.
BBB are clearly betraying people’s trust. When someone goes to them looking for an indepedent assessment of a company, the last thing they expect is that companies are paying them off – BBB have one of the biggest rackets going.
Thanks for pointing that out.